Monthly Archives: January 2015

Healthcare – Real Pay Shift To Quality Outcomes Coming

By 2018, less than three years away from now, 50% of Medicare reimbursements to healthcare providers will for the first time be based on “quality of outcomes,” not the number of procedures performed.

Patients As Partners…Finally?

“Virtual visits and other remote care services are poised to take off as CMS has announced plans for reimbursement. With EHRs in place and incentives to engage their patient population, providers are working to integrate patient-generated data and to think of patients as partners. In early 2015 large consumer device companies will commercially launch sensor-laden wearable devices, which they hope take the multi-year wearable trend mainstream — finally.

Will 2015 be another multi-billion dollar year for digital health investments? Can it top 2014’s record number of acquisitions? Will more of the companies developing these low-cost interventions pursue the expensive, but often necessary, rigorous efficacy studies? What’s likely to change in digital health?” –;F:QS!10100&ShowKey=23229 and


Moving From Mandate To Reality: A Roadmap For Patient And Family Engagement

“The Roadmap lays out eight specific strategies for change, which together constitute a comprehensive approach for how patient and family engagement can drive health system transformation. For each change strategy, the Roadmap provides a brief description of what it entails and numerous specific tactics that can be executed to advance the strategy. There are also milestones that can help in assessing implementation progress and results. The tactics are drawn from existing research evidence and promising directions where sufficient evidence may still be lacking.

Many of the strategies and tactics can be implemented easily and right away. For each strategy, the Roadmap also identifies existing resources that are freely available from credible organizations.” –

Essential Ingredients for Design Culture Transformation and Momentum – “It turns out that raising awareness for design thinking across (an organization) has a lot to do with leadership, community building, and thinking like a film maker.”

Workplace Wellness…Or Else

“25 percent of large employers that provide incentives for wellness use some sort of financial penalty against their workers if they don’t participate in programs that are intended to improve their health.

Many large employers are self-insured, so such penalties accrue directly to their bottom line if enforced. Most wellness program enrollees have lower medical costs of about $40 a year…But the penalties are often 10 times more than that…

However, there is some question as to whether such penalties shift wellness programs from voluntary to compulsory–and therefore make them illegal. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently sued a Wisconsin company that refused to pay the premiums of a worker that declined to undergo screenings.

And the consensus among many workplace wellness designers is that the best way for such a program to succeed is to tailor it specifically to a company’s workplace culture.”

Glass Half Full (not empty) Better For Heart Health – Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts. This association remains significant, even after adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics and poor mental health.

The Future of Technology – A conversation about the future of technology with Arati Prabhakar, head of DARPA, the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

East of Palo Alto’s Eden

fyi, East of Palo Alto’s Eden:

Powerful insights into how two neighboring communities followed entirely different trajectories in post-war (WWII) California…It’s about how ‘small’ policy choices can have enduring, multi-generational consequences…David Packard, the co-founder and CEO of Hewlett-Packard…co-chaired the local chapter of Common Cause, a political advocacy group pushing for transparency in government…

David Packard, a lifelong Republican running one of the Valley’s most iconic technology corporations, ended up filling out the initial round for Bob Hoover’s Black Power community college…

Can there still be change for the better within this 2010s decade? Beyond?

Emmett Pickett’s Prosperous Customer Relationship Skills

Emmett Pickett’s Narrative As Identity and Context Is Content are Inspired by Disney CEO Bob Iger, John Maeda’s Design Investment, Marc Benioff’s Integrated Business With Philanthrophy, and Bill Walsh’s Coaching Legacy (also beyond sports) of Developing a Dynasty of Champions…

Emmett’s Prosperous Customer Relationship Skills:

* Wellness Insights: The Health and Wealth of Connectedness

* UX (User Experience), Content, Brand, and Data Engagement

* Social Marketing and Enhanced Technologies; Destination Edu-tainment

* Environment and Healthography (Comprehensive Healthcare with a Community Capital H)

* Impact Investments in Undervalued Markets and Corporate Finance Incentives

* Business Intermediary and Real Estate (CA DRE # 01825241)

* Fusion Specialty in Lean Culture Change Management

* Food and Beverage (F&B) Relationship Marketing

* Gardening as Managing and Sushi Master Mindset

Record-breaking Disney revenues are certainly not “Frozen.”

“Disney does content and technology together well.” – Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg also on Disney Board of Directors, about Disney CEO Bob Iger, Pixar and Maker Studios, and Silicon Valley alliances.

“Bob Iger has the courage to lose sight of the shore while respecting Disney history.” – Apple CEO Tim Cook

“My role is to find strategic insights into how design impacts bottom line business, not just aesthetics alone.” – John Maeda, first design investment partner at KPCB venture capital, working with digital, green tech, and life sciences startups. He focuses on Design DNA and company cultures, and chairs eBay’s Design Advisory Board.

Marc Benioff as Salesforce CEO achieves on Software-as-a-Service with Integrated Philanthropy.

Bill Walsh’s people development systems leadership transformed the worst sports franchise into a legendary dynasty required for repeatedly winning, whether the SF 49ers, Fortune 500 company, small retail business, or non-profit organization of any size.

Emmett Pickett has volunteered efforts (since mid-2014) as Founding Executive Creative Director towards developing the long-term Location Green Design and Production Studio, Training Dojo, and Diverse Markets Research and Data Lab for Behavioral Health and Wellness Ownership — reflecting Hawaiian, Caribbean, and other GLocal cultures, Executive Function(s), healthier environmental practices, and Disney-inspired Destination Edu-tainment.